Separating home and school as you homeschool
You’ve probably made a few notes on what’s worked and what hasn’t as you begin this transistion into your new normal. Separating home from school as you homeschool is probably one of the most valuable things you can do for your family.
When we start to blur the lines between where we learn, where we eat, where we play games, and where we spend time as a family we start to resent those spaces. It can become hard to focus, kids lose interest or they can’t wait to move to another part of the house.
Keep kids motivated with their school work by setting up boundaries in your home for where work and play occur. Here are our tips for families transitioning to distance learning.
Set your boundaries
Setting boundaries is going to be extremely important. Let’s say for example that you’ve decided homework will not take place at the dinner table, instead you’ve established a specific place for all school work. Maintaining those boundaries will help to keep some sense of normalcy to your days.
Create a routine
Remember a few blog posts back we talked about scheduling for success and the importance of routine and structure. A routine will provide said structure, create consistency, and should help to lower anxiety in children. Routines can also be used to create designated areas for specific events, remember, kids are used to leaving the house for all kinds of activities.
Set up a designated space in your home where learning will happen. For many of us this is a space that didn’t necessarily exist before. Collaborate with your child about where “school will happen” and what materials will be needed. Kids love to be helpers, they want to contribute and they thrive when they feel a sense of accomplishment. Having a hand in setting up their school environment will give them a bit of ownership and should make them more excited for school.
Setup the environment
As you begin putting together your child’s learning space, think about the setup, making sure they can reach needed supplies like paper, pencils, crayons, etc.. This does two things, it gives your child a little responsibility and empowers them to grab what they need for assignments while giving you a little break.
Repeat this process for other areas of your home. Store games in the family room in areas kids can easily access and designate that space for family time. Weather permitting, send kids outside for a play break or check out this post for 5 at-home activities for active kids.
Just remember, you don’t have to buy brand new desks or overhaul your entire home, a designated space and a few supplies are all you really need. Take note of what works and what doesn’t and don’t be afraid to make changes you feel will improve the quality of your space. We hope these tips will help. Let us know your tricks for successful homeschooling by sending us a message on social.